US Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats confirmed on Tuesday that the US is considering new attacks against the Syrian government, which would be justified by chemical weapons attacks allegedly conducted by government forces.
“As you saw the president’s response to the attack last year, this is something that is under serious discussion as we speak, but again, something that needs to be discussed in a classified session,” Coats told a Senate committee, recalling to a Tomahawk missiles strike at the Shairat airbase in Syria.
Earlier the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration had started considering new strikes on Syria last week. Initially, the Pentagon rebuffed the report. However, now it looks that the White House is really preparing for new attacks.
Reports about alleged chemical attacks by government forces in Eastern Ghouta has started appearing on a constant basis since the start of the Syrian Arab Army’s operation in the region. By March 7, government forces have achieved a notable progress against militants and liberated a large area from them.